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Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar

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Historic Ybor
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1600 E 8th Ave Ste C208, Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 242-6688
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 44
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great sushi

We ate at the sushi bar. Great, fresh sushi! The sushi chefs are fun and you get your food quick. Bar was a bit slow but otherwise wonderful, nice service. Cool building too. It is not your typical Japanese sushi place. Worth going tol.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Wheels2222
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Binghamton, New York
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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82 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Binghamton, New York
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We ate at the sushi bar. Great, fresh sushi! The sushi chefs are fun and you get your food quick. Bar was a bit slow but otherwise wonderful, nice service. Cool building too. It is not your typical Japanese sushi place. Worth going tol.

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Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

For years I have enjoyed dining here, but this particular night was perfect. Seated immediately in my choice of the most private booth in the place we were greeted and began with wine and sake. We started with warm, filling Negi-maki and an enormous Ika Sansai. For dinner we had several pieces of sashimi - tuna, yellowtail, smoked salmon, eel.... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Good sushi and drinks (why is a decent martini seemingly hard to find?). The prices are very fair and the atmosphere is nice, but not pretentious. The exteremely high ceilings (it is in an old industrial building) make it seem uncrowded even when it is packed. I would highly reccommend!

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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126 reviews 126 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Had a great night of fun & food in Ybor City. We were lucky enough to get a seat at the sushi bar and enjoyed the entire night. The food was fresh & full of flavor. The sushi masters were helpful in making special creations that we requested. Would definitely return.

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Miami, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Amazing sushi and atmosphere. This beautiful old building was wonderful. We had Tuna Tataki and a few other Tuna rolls. Everything was fresh and served with artistic style. Our service was excellent. She got us in and out on time for our show. Highly recommend this beautiful restaurant.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Samurai Blue has a wide assortment of specialty rolls; my favorite has always been the Tuna Summer of Love Roll. However, the Spontaneous Combustion and Volcano rolls are tremendous as well. We are regulars here and look forward to it every time we go. Great location and environment in the restaurant. Staff is always friendly. Get there early if you... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Took my wife, mother-in-law and brother-in-law for lunch.My mother-in-law is not into sushi but the restaurant made her a fried snapper in sweet chili sauce to die for. My wife had ahi tataki which was good but not up to Pacific rim standards. The specialty fusion sushis were excellent and the service prompt and friendly.

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Helsinki, Finland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Visited in this restaurant 20th July with my wife during our USA holidays. Wife took several kinds of sushi and she liked them a lot as sushi lover she is. My pineapple teriyaki chicken was very tasty and tender. Restaurant is little bit noisy but after friendly waitress proposed us to move to an other table it was cosy enough.... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was a recommendation by the hotel staff so we decided to give it a try. The building is huge. The selection was good. One of my favorite was the Unagi with avocado. The price and selection is decent. One reason for my rating as average is because I feel at a sushi restaurant, it should NEVER smell fishy. Unfortunately,... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The best place for saki and sushi...and overall good time...Sunny the bartender will take care of you if your not looking for the whole show and are just trying to eat and run...great service...a bit loud at times but worth it for the food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1600 E 8th Ave Ste C208, Tampa, FL 33605
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighborhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: (813) 242-6688

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?